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Seduced by a Pirate

Seduced by a Pirate

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by Eloisa James

Seduced by a Pirate is an original, RITA-award winning e-novella from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers, since they were together only a matter of hours.


Seduced by a Pirate is an original, RITA-award winning e-novella from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers, since they were together only a matter of hours.

What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife…if she is his wife, given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by…

Well, that's a surprise!

Seduced by a Pirate and a long novella, With This Kiss, can be found in print in Eloisa's collection, As You Wish. Seduced by a Pirate includes three chapters of a companion novel, The Ugly Duchess.

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Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

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Seduced by a Pirate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and read it in one day :) It was nice to see Griffen did after leaving his best friend and headed home to the wife. I can't wait for your next fairy tale remake in this series. Thank you for this cute, romantic story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book had potential for fun dialogue and scenarios...book started and all of a sudden it was over. Estranged husband and wife reunite, 50 pages, copulation, few more pages finished. Disappointed and glad I only paid a dollar or two
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet.!. I loved it. A great addition to the 'Ugly Duchess'.
dOrsay1008 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. In fact I enjoy Ms. James' books, period. The former pirate is hilarious. He doesn't see his wife for years after leaving her after their wedding, but when he finally settles down and returns home, he realizes that he actually likes her. She, on the other hand, doesn't want to stay married let alone to a pirate. Guess what, they end up together anyway and in love at that. The fun part is the journey that gets them to that level. Read and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He abandons her on their wedding night, becomes a pirate, doesn't return for 14 years. When he finally comes home he finds that she has been waiting patiently for him and is still a virgin. Sure, because there are lots of 34 year old virgins who would happily wait while their husbands sleep around! Ridiculus!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I enjoyed the book it was too short. Wish these books all had amount of pages.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
Loved this! After reading the author's previous book, THE UGLY DUCHESS, where we are introduced to Griffin Barry, I was eagerly awaiting his story. I loved how the former pirate was reunited with his wife "Poppy"...who's real name was actually Phoebe. LOL Though the story takes place in a matter of days, the epilogue allows for a fit ending to this fairy tale. Eloisa James is an auto-buy for me!
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Time period: 1816, London and Somerset Love scenes are brief and descriptive. Once again, I’m reading the very prolific Eloisa James out of order, but this novella, book #4.5 in her Fairy Tales series, reads like a standalone. And, once again, James’ charming and elegant writing captured my attention from page one. Griffin and Phoebe are the adoptive parents of Colin Barry, the hero from With this Kiss.  Intrigue is immediately afoot when Griffin and his cousin, James, a duke, return after fourteen years at sea, away from their wives and families. The main story takes place over a mere week and, while this is a novella where the story must be condensed, I still find it hard to believe that Griffin would manage to seduce Phoebe in so short a time and I was a little disappointed she gave in so quickly especially after her valid arguments. But it is a fairy tale and, also, at this time in history, the potential for scandal carried heavy consequences. Even though Phoebe has eschewed all so-called polite society, this was especially true for women.  It is a shock when we learn how Griffin became a pirate, then later a privateer. It helps explain why he disappeared after his disastrous wedding night and also makes him a more sympathetic character; it also uncovers a dark side of British naval history. Griffin has returned now because he’s recovering from a leg injury and cannot be a privateer any longer. In other words, there isn’t anything else he can do after traveling the world and made his wealth. Both he and James come close to treason after their sea-faring activities and are under scrutiny by the Crown. But both are gentleman and the law is more lenient. It is a man’s world where a man can expect his wife to just fall into bed with him after such a long separation. They don’t even know each other, but they’re married and, of course, it helps they are attracted to each other. Griffin doesn’t even know Phoebe’s name; it is funny that he keeps calling her by the outlandish name of Poppy. While he’s been away, Phoebe has had some adventures of her own and become self-sufficient and independent, earning her money from the working farm of Arbor House. Descriptions are nicely detailed here, the lovely landscape of Arbor House in the Somerset countryside in summer, fashions and costume, a pretty sitting room. “It was rather lovely, hung with watered silk and a painting of the Thames that was as beautiful as any he’d ever seen.” (p20) Also: "He had dressed particularly magnificently, in a coat of Prussian blue with silver buttons. His breeches fit like a glove, and his boots were made by Hoby." (p17) Both hero and heroine are older here, and Phoebe three years older than Griffin at thirty-four. I enjoy reading stories featuring older, more mature women. “His wife was outrageously pretty, with hair like bright butter. But she had a backbone of steel.” (p31) The children in the story are a nice touch, a comic diversion, and they are just right; they don’t detract or steal scenes. They are important to the story as is Griffin’s father since they add a comforting sense of home and family to the romantic drama.  For James’ story return, I’ll have to read The Ugly Duchess, but first I hope to read all of Eloisa James’ stories in order.  Memorable moment: “What couldn’t be avoided must be endured.” (p61) Despite the rather fast way Phoebe capitulated to Griffin, I very much enjoyed the writing, the characters, the setting, and the little details. Eloisa James writes beautifully and clear, and her stories are like delicious treats to savor and that create a lovely sense of the time period in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fyi...132 pages. Wish we could trust the content numbers. Book is ok for $.99
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
nothing exciting. rather tame. If you are just curious as to how everything kinda started for the wtih this kiss short story trilogy... you could consider this interesting. You can skip most of it and still get the gist of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this short story. It was just long enough to be fun ;) The whole fact that their married was well done because then they have an excuse to explore things they could not have in society at that time. All in all, i enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lacked the typical plot structure that defines romance; the teasing kisses that slowly build the tension relationship, the major climax of a scandal that may be the end for our beloved characters, the passionate loathing (though admitted attraction) that leads to love. Instead this book is a very simple and mild version where the problem is resolved without much fuss and the sexual tension is mostly absent. Very much a quick feel-good romance, well-written, but not one I'd recommend. James is a great writer and this is probably my least favorite of her works.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by Edelweiss for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I always enjoy Eloisa James’ stories, whether long or short, and Seduced by a Pirate is no exception. Phoebe is a wonderful head-strong character. After her husband of just a few hours leaves her, she marches on with her life, buying a country house and adopting her cousin’s children. She’s pretty no-nonsense, she doesn’t dream of a handsome prince coming to save her. She doesn’t even dream of her husband coming home. In fact, she’d rather he didn’t. She’s happy enough with her life and she wishes that he’d just leave her be. Griffin, who remembers his wife ‘Poppy’ fondly enough to name his ship after her but not well enough to know her name is actually Phoebe, both adores and fears his wife. He wants so much to be loved by her to please her but she has a full life without him. He believes she had taken a lover after his disappearance (hence the three children) and she has her own money, left to her after the death of her parents. One thing about the story I liked was that Phoebe and Griffin took the time to learn about each other and to actually fall in love. It was sweet and the characters completely likable. The Ugly Duchess is the companion book to Seduced. They take place at the same time but it doesn’t matter which order you read them in.
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I really love pirate stories and this one is really good. It is short, but good. Although, I will give you a spoiler...we don't find out who won the bet. I love Griffin, the pirate. I love Phoebe, though she gave in too easily...she should have made him wait and stew a little while longer. Good fun!
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One of many excellent reads.. 
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Pheobe and Griff meet for the first time on their wedding day. Arranged marriage. He jumps out the window on their wedding night and doesn't show up again for 14 years. He's been busy pirating. She is not all that thrilled to see him and he keeps calling her Poppy because he thinks that's her name. Nevertheless by the end of day one Pheobe and Griff fall into bed and of course into love. He's surprised she is a virgin, Aren't we all. Pheobe is the most forgiving woman on the planet and Griff is the biggest jerk. Seriously. What was Eloisa thinking?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age: 21/ height: 5'4"/ weight: 100 pounds/ race: wolf/ class: musketeer/ gender: female/ appearance: wears a green captain's jacket with matching pants. She also wears a green jaunty hat. Her fur is grey and she has blue eyes. Her tail is somewhat bushy. She also speaks with a french accent. Thin bodybuild./ likes: food, drink, gold, her ship and her crew./ dislikes: hang<_>overs, the armada, being hungry, injustices, dead crew./ personnality: talk to her
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The book was all right but I didn't feel that it was as exciting or interesting as some of this author's other novels. It seemed too rushed for my taste and didn't take the time to develop the characters. It is not the type of novel that I would be inclined to save or read again.